Loss of danger pay in some areas begins next week
WASHINGTON — A car payment. A couple weeks of groceries. A month of utilities.
That’s about how much some 44,000 servicemembers deployed around the globe will begin losing out of their paychecks starting Monday, when imminent danger pay is decertified for 22 locations. IDP is worth up to $225 a month, depending on how long troops spend in danger zones.
The Defense Department periodically makes changes to IDP, and did so most recently in 2011. The new cuts to the IDP list will save $108 million, the Pentagon said when it announced the cuts in January.
Servicemembers can expect to see the first reduction in their mid-June paycheck, DOD officials said.
The following land areas and the airspace above them were decertified: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia and Serbia.
The following land areas were decertified: East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
The following sea areas were decertified: Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf (including the airspace above the Persian Gulf).
The following areas were recertified for IDP: Afghanistan (including airspace), Algeria, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Greece (Athens only), Indonesia, Iran, Iraq (including airspace), Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya (including airspace), Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia (including airspace), Sudan (including airspace), Syria, Tunisia (including airspace), Turkey, Uganda, Yemen, Mediterranean Sea, and Somalia Basin.
Not all areas certified for IDP, such as Syria and Iran, have U.S. troops currently serving there.